Thursday, February 24, 2011

What I'm holding on to

I've had a few rough days at work lately. I'll spare you the details! And...there are probably some rocky times ahead. This song has gotten me through these rough days and moments:

Casting Crowns "Glorious Day"
One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

(From Finding Nemo: "Just keeping swimming...Just keep swimming!!" Lol!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Welcome to the World

I am an Aunt again!!
Welcome to the world baby girl Amaya!

She was born at 12:40 p.m. and weighed 7lbs even, meaured 19 inches long.
She is a sweet, tiny, angel!
So cute!!
I'll be honest with you... I've had baby fever for awhile now. Clint & I are praying for God's perfect timing, and readiness to be parents when He is ready for us to take that leap!
For now....I'm loving on all the babies that are already in my life!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Busy busy days!

I've had a rollercoaster ride the last several days!!
Thursday, I took my licensing exam to be a Counselor! And I passed!! I sent in my paperwork to the State Board, so here shortly I'll be adding some alphabet soup to the end of my name.... Lauren MS, LPC-I!!! Yay!! I'll begin seeing clients in therapy here at my current job within the next two weeks. Kinda unnerving.....will I be able to do it? Will I be good at it? (Crazy worries Thoughts going through my head). Let me tell you...after I took my exam, I immediately got the results (amazing) printed out so I didn't have to wait several weeks... walked to my car all calm and collected, got in my car and SCREAMED! Then I called my support group (Clint, Mom, Dad, Tiff, work).
Friday night, Clint and celebrated a very special young lady's birthday at Kyoto in Rockwall. This girl is so special... her momma is a very close friend to Clint and I.
She had a blast! And we stuffed ourselves on yummy yummy Kyoto!!
Love this girl!! She's growing up TOO fast!
Me and my handsome hubby - ok I'm smiling SO big in this picture - goober!!
I SO needed some strechy pants after dinner!!
Saturday, I went with a co-worker to a training/prep-course to be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I'm sending in that paperwork soon and will be taking that licensing exam in September!

Sunday was a lazy day... relaxed and got some laundry done. Then my mom and I helped Tiffany get ready for her big day today - back to work after miss Tinley was born. Many many prayers were said for Tiffany last night and today.
Have a MARVELOUS Monday.
P.S. My sis-in-law is having her 3rd baby girl tomorrow!! Can't wait to meet her!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's that time of year again....

Oh my goodness! If these were available year round, I would be F-A-T!

My mom gave me this box.... the boxes that I ordered haven't even come in yet!! Thin Mints sure do make a day a million times better though! Especially when paired with an ice cold Dr. Pepper! OMGoodness!!
Enjoy your Girl Scout Cookies!!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I feel so loved!!

I had such a GREAT day yesterday. Seriously... one of the best days EVER! The day started off with a sweet and funny card from my hubby. He started a tradition a few years ago where he gives me a funny card and then a sweet lovey card. The funny card usually says something about how great I look from behind! Haha! He is amazing - makes me laugh and feel loved! He'll have to keep that tradition up forever now! Then, I got to work and Dad sent me flowers!

He has sent flowers for me on Valentines day for as long as I can remember. He is such a sweet daddy!
Then... two of my favorite people ever Tiffany & Tinley surprised me and took me to lunch!!

I love this baby girl!
We ate a TaMolly's and had a really great afternoon - followed up with a trip to the grocery store together. Tinley napped in my office while Tiffany & I played got some stuff done.
Mom stopped by at 4:30 and brought cookies, a CUTE stuffed animal and a gift card for Clint.
What a wonderful day!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!!

Happy Valentines Day everyone!!

I love this man:

I am SO lucky to have him in my life!!

Hugs & Loves to all of my friends and family!! I love you very much!!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wonderful Weekend

Clint & I had such a great weekend! Friday night, we went to dinner at Snuffers - we sat and talked to our new friends from church from 6:30 to 9 pm! Time just flew by!
Saturday morning, we slept in late and then my amazing husband washed my car for me!
He is so good to me!

Then, we went to the Dallas World Aquarium!!!! Here are a few of my favorite pictures:

Fun Valentines date!

Then we hit up the Hard Rock Cafe for some REALLY YUMMY food!

My hot date!!

On to Forney to see a friend's band play - they were great! Our cute group:

Two blessings in my life - Chris and Tiffany!! I love them to pieces! (This was there first night without their sweet angel baby Tinley!)

Jeremy & Kendall :

We had a blast!! It was such a fun weekend!! It went by way to fast though! Girls, we must get together again SOON!
Love you all,

Friday, February 11, 2011


Gotta love Fridays! I'm really looking forward to this weekend! Tonight, we are going to Snuffers with some friends from church. They are an amazing couple with some great kiddos. I'm looking forward to picking their brain about Christian marriage & parenting!

Saturday, Clint & I are celebrating Valentines day at the Dallas World Aquarium!

Then we're planning to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe!!! Yummo!!
Saturday night we're going out with my girls Tiffany and Kendall (and we're letting the boys come too!!)
Then.... on Sunday I have church and Bunco with the Women's Ministry that evening. Should be a fun and busy weekend!! Pictures to come!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Way Behind

So my students are so behind in my Intro to Psychology course! I teach two different sections - a Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday. We missed the following days due to snow/ice:

Tuesday 2/1
Wednesday 2/2
Wednesday 2/9
Thursday 2/10

I have a lot of catch up to do!

Fun weekend ahead! Details to come later!
Have a terrific Thursday ~ the weekend is almost here!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Boys will be boys

This past weekend our area got an incredible (for us at least) amount of snow!

Our street, covered in beautiful snow.
It was goregous! I stayed inside, nice and cozy warm all day! My grandmother got us a wonderful little heater for Christmas/graduation. Long story short, shipping was delayed quite a bit, but it finally came in. It's a space heater that I actually feel comfortable leaving on for several hours (while we're home of course!)

Eden Pure heater - yes! It has a remote!!
Our friends from across the street came over for a home cooked dinner, and then the boys decided to go outside and play. It was 10 p.m. and WAY too cold for us girls!

Snow fort that the boys built. Pretty impressive!! Clint is 6'4" and it was taller than him!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Love of a Lifetime

I haven't blogged about him before. He is truly amazing.
My husband, Clint.
Isn't he handsome?!?
I truly believe he is in my life because my parents and my grandparents prayed for him from the time I was young. He is truly a gift from God.
Our first dance! Grab a tissue - here are the lyrics:

I guess the time was right for us to say
We'd take our time and live our lives together day by day
We'll make a wish and send it on a prayer
We know our dreams can all come true
With love that we can share

With you I never wonder - Will you be there for me
With you I never wonder - You're the right one for me

I finally found the love of a lifetime
A love to last my whole life through
I finally found the love of a lifetime
Forever in my heart, I finally found the love of a lifetime

With every kiss our love is like brand-new
And every star up in the sky was made for me and you
Still we both know that the road is long
(But) We know that we will be together
Because our love is strong

Here we are on our honeymoon 6-5-10

And, he has the BEST sense of humor! He loves loves L-O-V-E-S scary movies! I tolerate them for him.
I'm praying for him specifically everyday for the next 31 days. See here
Love you!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011


For the record..... I do NOT like cold weather!
This is WAY too cold for me! I like 70-80 degree weather! Hello.... I live in Texas!! Anyhow... work was closed yesterday, and the husband got to stay home too! Here's how we spent most of our lazy snow day:

Sam all cuddled up and warm while mom and dad watch TV!
The dogs usually don't sleep in bed with us, but Clint said since it was a snow day they could cuddle while we watched TV. 
Clint got me an electric throw blanket for Christmas.... Sam loves to lay on top of it when I have it on.
We had a lazy, warm, cozy snow day!
Hopefully it will be warmer soon!!

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